September 17, 2021

Summary: cyka blyat (сука блять) literally means “bitch slut”. But most Russians use it the English use “fuck”, “damn” or “shit”. It is extremely rude to say. As a foreigner you will likely get negative reactions, so don’t say it to Russians – especially if you’re learning Russian. They appreciate it a lot more if you know how to say “thank you” than “cyka blyat”.

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Whenever you hear a Russian person say “cyka blyat”, chances are the following scene comes to mind:

Of course, Russia isn’t like that. But cyka blyat (сука блять) is still one of the most known phrases that people know in Russian. Learn below what it means, how to pronounce it – and if it’s actually a good idea to say it to Russians?

Cyka Blyat meaning/literal translation

Whenever you hear a Russian scream cyka blyat, he’s saying the English equivalent of:

  • Damn
  • Fuck
  • Shit

It’s a very rude phrase, and Russians don’t say it in polite conversation. From the Russians that I’ve spoken with, I’d say it’s more rude than any of the 3 meanings written above in English. 

Percentage wise, more Russians would never say these words, than English speakers would say the word ‘fuck’. 

It literally means: Bitch Slut. 

It’s interesting that Russians use Cyka or Blyat on their own to describe people they don’t like. But when you put both words together, you can no longer use them to describe a speciic person.

It has become a quick phrase Russians say whenever they feel frsutration.

How to write it in Russian: сука блять

The reason why the entire English speaking world thinks Cyka blyat is written like this, is because the word Cyka uses in Russian letters that are also in the English alphabet:

cyka (English alphabet) – сука (Cyrillic alphaabett)

Blyat on the other hand, you write completely different:

Blyat (English) – блять

In Russian, блять is usually spoken a bit different than how English people say it. As it ends in a soft sign (ь). this is a letter that is not pronounced. The function of this letter is to soften the letter that comes before it. So if you want to correctly say Cyka Blyat, you should try to soften the ‘t’ at the end of blyat.

Example phrase with cyka blyat

Basically, you can insert these searing words in almost every sentence. If you can add ‘fuck’ in the English translation, you can add cyka blyat to the Russian version.

Сука блядь, иди сюда! (Cuka blyat, idi syuda!) – Fuck, come here!

So mainly, the words are being used to express disappointment, frustration or anger. Otherwise it doesn’t make sense to say them in a phraase.

Should you use this phrase?

I’m going to give it straight to you. No. You shouldn’t use this prase. there are expections, but if you’re non-Russian, and you say this to Russians, they’re not going to appreciate it.


Because everyone already says this. It’s so overused, and Russians have become tired of foreingers saying this to them.

You might think you’re clever and showing that you know some Russian slang. But they’ve heard this a 1000 times before.

Compare it to a foreigner saying ‘see you later alligator’ to you. Yeah, it may sound a bit funny. But you’ve heard this a 1000 times before. It makes the person saying it look pretty ignorant, and it’s just not flattering to say.

There are 1000 times better ways to make a cool impression on Russian people. Cyka blyat is the worst thing you can say.

Even if you’re speaking Russian, it’s better to not swear at all in Russian. Why? Because it sounds very inauthentic. Your level of Russian needs to be really good. Otherwise it just looks as if you’re trying to get attention.

Better learn how to say basic words. Russian appreciate that a lot more.

Not long ago I asked Russians which words they hated most when foreigners say. This was the top 2 what they said:

  • cyka blyat
  • balalaika

Other Russian mat

Here’s some other Russian swear words (Russian mat), that is interesting to know:

  • idi na huy
  • Yob tvoyu mat

Best Cyka Blyat Shirts

with all that said, you might want to get a t-shirt with cyka blyat written on. If so, I recommend you get one that has the cyrillic letters on it.

Here are some with cool designs.

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About the Author Ari Helderman

I started learning Russian seriously in January 2016. I created this site to help other foreigners speak Russian. You can follow my progress in Russian on my YouTube channel Ари Говорит по-русски.

  • I briefly read this and your about me page, among other things you said:

    ‘Your level of Russian needs to be really good. Otherwise it just looks as if you’re trying to get attention.’

    Finally someone who understands it. Great article. Normally people fail to distinguish between native and non-native speaker, cultural backgrounds, etc. etc. Therese is a lot you can change but some things like ethnicity or background you have no influence on (which people don’t like and maybe that’s why online courses ignore this part). You also explained it which I really like. I seldom see people explain things and for my learning experience it’s mandatory. It’s something that took me a lot of time to understand on my own so I’m happy I could validate my intuitive understanding and to see there are likewise-minded people.

    It seems you have very professional website here, I’m not Russian but I’m from eastern europe so a lot of russian influence and I love your russian accent. I’m surprised that someone from western country can speak it without accent. Usually their accent is just as annoying as east european accent is to a native english speaker. I mean I don’t really care about accents but I know a lot of people do.

    Sorry for English, I just don’t talk to people very often now and usually never post anything online anymore. Hope it was clear still. I just wanted to praise your accent, dedication and maturity, there’s a lot more but I can’t write concisely so I had to cut it down. Maybe I’m even a little bit jealous. 🙂

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